February 24, 2021

Oath of Eternal Night Redux

Sacred Oath
Comments from the Pinky: I am vengeance, I am the night. I am a level 20 paladin.

Oath of Eternal Night

Paladins who swear the Oath of Eternal Night forgo the lofty standards of conduct and shining armor of their compatriots: instead, they don blackened armor and carry out assassinations, conduct subterfuge, and mete out vigilante justice under cover of night. Such paladins, often called ravens, bind themselves to higher ideals of justice, transcending law and allegiances, so that they can right the wrongs that go unpunished. Every foul action has its consequence, and when no others rise to the challenge, the blade of a raven is not far behind. 

Tenets of Eternal Night 
Paladins who swear the Oath of Eternal Night share a sense of moral absolutism and tend to believe in the following core tenets:
    None are Exempt. Even kings and magistrates that write the laws must be held accountable to them.
    Good of the Many. The needs of the many always outweigh the needs of the few. It is your charge to protect the weak when the powerful seek to oppress.
    Knight of Night. When justice is not done in the light of day, it must be restored in darkness.

Oath Spells
You gain oath spells at the paladin levels listed.

Oath of Eternal Night Spells
Paladin LevelSpells
3rddisguise self, hunter's mark
5thinvisibility, darkness
9thfear, nondetection
13thfreedom of movement, greater invisibility
17thmislead, seeming

Channel Divinity
When you take this oath at 3rd level, you gain the following two Channel Divinity options.
Cover of Darkness. As a bonus action, you can create a 15-foot radius sphere of magical darkness centered on a point you can see within 30 feet of you. This sphere spreads around corners and lasts for one minute. You can see through darkness you create in this way.
Shrouded Armor. As an action, you can use your Channel Divinity to draw shadowstuff from the Plane of Shadow, imbuing it upon one suit of armor you are wearing. Your armor is cloaked in a tenebrous swirl, and reflects no light. You can add your Charisma modifier to Dexterity (Stealth) checks you make while wearing the armor, and the armor does not impose disadvantage on your Stealth checks.
    This effect ends after 8 hours, or if you end the effect on your turn (no action required). The effect ends early if you remove your armor or fall unconscious.
Slip into the Shadows
At 7th level, you and friendly creatures within 10 feet of you can take the Hide action as a bonus action.
At 18th level, the range of this aura increases to 30 feet.

Cloak of Night
At 15th level, as a reaction when you take damage, you can shed small flakes of darkness which briefly whirl around you before disappearing. The next attack roll made against you before the beginning of your next turn has disadvantage.

Shadow Form
At 20th level, you can assume the form of a tenebrous stalker, drawing incredible power from the darkness around you. Using your action, you undergo a transformation. For 1 hour, you gain the following benefits while you are within dim light or darkness:
  • You have advantage on Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution checks.
  • As a bonus action, you can teleport up to 60 feet to an unoccupied space you can see that is also within dim light or darkness.
  • Once on each of your turns when you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack, you can deal an extra 3d6 necrotic damage to the target.
Once you use this feature, you can't use it again until you finish a long rest.


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    1. The old Oath of Eternal Night from 2015! One of the first paladins I ever wrote, now with a shiny coat of paint and some important rebalancing.

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